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The Week Ahead in Finance (14-07-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (14-07-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

Sixth round of TTIP talks: US and EU officials will kick-start a sixth round of talks this week on the pending Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Officials will spend the week in Brussels negotiating this controversial trade deal, which some critics worry is driven by international business.

Related article: US shutdown halts talks with EU on millions of new jobs (Part One)

New EU output data: All eyes will be on the EU on Monday as industrial output data is released. Analysts expect the new figures to show a 1.2% decline in May, increasing concerns aboutoverall growth in the second quarter.

Related article: Europe's Debt Wish

BoJ policy meeting: Monday will also see the start of a two-day policy meeting for the Bank of Japan. Rates are expected to remain unchanged while the central bank continues its “Abenomics” stimulus program.

Related article: What next for Abenomics and the Bank of Japan?

Fed semi-annual remarks: US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will deliver her semi-annual remarks to the US Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday. Markets will not only be watching closely for the central bank’s national outlook but also for answers regarding plans to wind down stimulus.

Related article: The Fed's Surprise and Yellen's Challenge

Brics summit in Brazil: The sixth Brics summit will be held on Tuesday in Fortaleza, Brazil. The five major emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – should have completed all preparatory work for setting up their development bank.

Related article: Emerging Markets

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